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Hot Cinnamon Jam Doughnuts

Makes: 15 -18

Ingredients

  • 2 tsp sachet dried yeast
  • 1 tbsp golden caster sugar, plus 60g (1/3 cup)
  • 40g (1/6 cup) vegan butter, melted
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 400g (4 cups) plain flour, plus extra for dusting
  • ½ tsp baking powder
  • ½ tsp ground cinnamon
  • Light olive oil, for greasing and shallow frying
  • 180g (1/2 cup) raspberry jam

 

For the cinnamon dusting

  • 200g (2/3 cup + ¼ cup) golden caster sugar
  • 1 heaped tsp ground cinnamon

 

Method

  1. Line a baking tray with greaseproof paper. Put 240ml (1 cup) warm water in a small bowl and add the yeast and the 1 tbsp sugar. Stir to mix, then leave for 5–10 minutes to activate and become frothy.
  2. Put the butter in a small bowl and add the vanilla. Stir well to combine. Sift the flour, baking powder and cinnamon into a large mixing bowl and stir in the 60g (1/3 cup) sugar.
  3. Make a well in the centre. Pour in the yeast mixture and the butter mixture, and stir well until the mixture comes together to form a dough.
  4. Remove from the bowl and knead the dough on a lightly floured work surface for 3–4 minutes until smooth. Clean out the bowl and lightly grease it with a little olive oil. Put the dough back in the bowl and cover with cling film. Put the bowl in a warm place for 1 hour or until the dough doubles in size.
  5. Roll out the dough on a lightly floured work surface until 2.5cm (1in) thick. Using a 5cm plain round cookie cutter, cut out rounds and put them onto the prepared tray. Leave for 15 minutes to rise.
  6. To make the cinnamon dusting, put the sugar in a mixing bowl and add the cinnamon. Mix well.
  7. Heat oil to a depth of 5–7.5cm (2-3in) in a large saucepan or deep fat fryer to 170°C (340°F) (test by frying a small cube of bread; it should brown in about 60 seconds). Lower the dough circles 5 or 6 at a time (depending on the size of your saucepan) carefully into the oil and cook for 2–3 minutes on each side. They will puff up and turn golden brown.
  8. Remove from the oil and drain on kitchen paper, then put them into the cinnamon dusting and coat well all over.
  9. Put some jam into a piping bag. Poke a hole into each doughnut using a skewer or chopstick, then pipe a little jam into each doughnut. Serve while still hot.

 

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